Publications

Photo by Perry Bindelglass Photography
Photo by Perry Bindelglass Photography

Highlights

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2016 “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County,” with Shakari Byerly Key Findings for the California Community Foundation from the 2016 State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles Report. Los Angeles: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
2013 Interstitial religion: approaches to the study of religion on the middle ground Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
2013 Connected to give: faith communities, with Melanie A. McKitrick, Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, and Amir D. Hayat Los Angeles: Jumpstart

Books

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2013 Interstitial religion: approaches to the study of religion on the middle ground Doctoral dissertation, University of California, Santa Barbara
2006 Religion, violence, memory, and place, with Oren Baruch Stier, co-editor (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006)
2004 After The Passion is gone: American religious consequences, with Michael Berenbaum, co-editor (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004)
2002 Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion, with James V. Spickard and Meredith B. McGuire, co-editors (New York: New York University Press).
1992 Bill Clinton: the inside story, with Robert E. Levin New York: SPI.

Research Reports

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2016 “The Generosity Gap: Donating Less in Post-Recession Los Angeles County,” with Shakari Byerly Key Findings for the California Community Foundation from the 2016 State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles Report. Los Angeles: UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.
2014 Connected to give: risk and relevance, with Jim Gerstein and Joshua Avedon Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2013 Connected to give: key findings from the national study of American Jewish giving, with Jim Gerstein and Steven M. Cohen Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2013 Connected to give: Jewish legacies, with Jim Gerstein Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2013 Connected to give: faith communities, with Melanie A. McKitrick, Mark Ottoni-Wilhelm, and Amir D. Hayat Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2011 The Jewish innovation economy: an emerging market for knowledge and social capital, with Joshua Avedon, co-editor New York and Los Angeles: The Natan Fund, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and Jumpstart
2010 “The 2010 Survey of New Jewish Initiatives in Europe: Key Findings,” with Joshua Avedon Jumpstart Report 3. Los Angeles, London, and Jerusalem: Jumpstart, Pears Foundation and The ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators.
2009 The innovation ecosystem: emergence of a new Jewish landscape, with Joshua Avedon, co-editor New York and Los Angeles: The Natan Fund, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, and Jumpstart
2009 The 2008 survey of new Jewish organizations, with Joshua Avedon Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2009 Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel —2008 alumni survey, with Joshua Avedon Los Angeles: Jumpstart
2007 “Emergent Jewish communities and their participants: preliminary findings from the 2007 national spiritual communities study,” with Steven M. Cohen, Elie Kaunfer, and Michelle Shain (Los Angeles and New York: S3K Synagogue Studies Institute and Mechon Hadar), available from http://www.jewishemergent.org/survey

Book Chapters

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2016 (pending) “Misrecognition, transgression, and the burden of unfalsifiability” (working title) Mark Juergensmeyer and Mona Kanwal Sheikh, eds., Entering Religious Minds: Essays on the Study of Epistemic Worldviews (in progress).
2009 “Just Torah: no justice, no peace—the heresy of the world ignored” Brian McLaren, Elisa Padilla, and Ashley Bunting, The justice project (Ada, MI: Baker Books)
2006 “Introduction,” “The place of memory: theoretical perspectives,” “Practicing memory: ritual perspectives,” “The spatial ethics and politics of memory,” “Constructing memory in the contemporary world,” with Oren Baruch Stier Oren Baruch Stier and J. Shawn Landres, Religion, violence, memory, and place (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006), pp. 1-12, 13-15, 71-73, 113-116, 177-179.
2006 “Jewish communities in the Americas” Mark Juergensmeyer, ed., Oxford handbook of global religions (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 223-230.
2004 “Studying social anthropology in the UK: a report from the field,” with Karen Hough Dorle Dracklé and Iain Edgar, eds., Current policies and practices in European social anthropology education, Learning Fields, vol. 2 (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2004).
2004 “Introduction,” “The context of The Passion,” “The Passion in context,” and “Jews and Christians: reframing the dialogue,” with Michael Berenbaum J. Shawn Landres and Michael Berenbaum, eds. After The Passion is gone: American religious consequences (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004), pp. 1-17; 19-22; 89-92; 173-176.
2002 “Whither ethnography? Transforming the Social-Scientific Study of Religion,” with James V. Spickard James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, eds., Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion (New York: New York University Press, 2002), pp. 1-14.
2002 “Being (in) the field: defining fieldwork in Southern California and Central Slovakia” James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire, eds., Personal knowledge and beyond: reshaping the ethnography of religion (New York University Press, 2002), pp. 100-112.
2002 “Public art as sacred space: Asian American community murals in Los Angeles” Stewart M. Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark, eds., Practicing religion in the age of media: explorations in media, culture, and religion (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002), pp. 91-112.
2000 “Jewish identity in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia” [in English] Jolana Darulová, ed., Banská Bystrica—premeny mesta a spoločnosti (Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela), pp. 124-143.
2000 “Európska identita na Slovensku [European identity in Slovakia],” with Alexandra Bitušíková [in Slovak] Jolana Darulová, ed., Banská Bystrica—premeny mesta a spoločnosti (Banská Bystrica: Univerzita Mateja Bela), pp. 144-152.
2000 “Slovakia and/or Europe” [in English] Rozgonyi Ibolya, ed., A demokrácia 10 Éve Magyarországon 1989- 1999, Tanulmánykötet, V. Országos Politológus Vándorgûlés [Proceedings of the Hungarian Political Science Association V], (Nyíregyháza: Bessenyei György Könyvkiadó), pp. 279-285.
1997 “Defection, disengagement, and dissent: the dynamics of religious change,” with Wade Clark Roof Mordechai Bar-Lev and William Shaffir, eds., Leaving religion and religious life: patterns and dynamics Religion and the social order, vol. 7 (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press), pp. 77-95.
1996 “Just say wait: a first look at the True Love Waits campaign” Georgie Ann Weatherby and Susan A. Farrell, eds., The power of gender in religion, (New York: McGraw-Hill), pp. 109-118.

Articles

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2015 “Answering the call” [response to Marvin R. Wilson, “To know and be known: evangelicals and interfaith dialogue”] Evangelical interfaith dialogue (Spring)
2015 “Big Tent Judaism’s Study About Conservative Rabbis Deserves More Credit,” with Keren R. McGinity EJewishPhilanthropy.com (November 3)
2014 “Elul 22: Going Back” Jewels of Elul IX
2012 “Emergence Unbound” Sh’ma 43/693 (October), pp. 4-6
2011 “From giving to impact investing” Sh’ma 42/683 (October), pp. 10-11
2011 “Increasing supply, not only demand” ROICommunity.org (November 7)
2010 “Tzimtzum for organizations: how I learned everything I really needed to know about collaboration from a group of teenaged jazz prodigies” Sh’ma 40/665 (January), pp. 1-2
2010 “The next big new idea is neither big nor new. Discuss,” with Joshua Avedon eJewishPhilanthropy.com (February 3)
2009 “Seeding the ecosystem of the Jewish future,” with Felicia Herman Contact: the journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life 11:3 (Spring), p. 10
2009 “Cultivating knowledge capital for Jewish innovation,” with Joshua Avedon HaYidion: The RAVSAK Journal (Summer), pp. 2-4
2009 “Power to the people: investing in the people behind the projects,” with Dana Raucher PresenTense 9 (Fall), pp. 28-29
2008 “Recentering the kehilah: gender and sexual identity in Jewish Emergent communities” Sh’ma 38/646, pp. 10-11
2008 “The urge to emerge: new communities blossom,” with Joshua Avedon PresenTense 4 (Spring)
2007 “Evangelical-Jewish dialogue: the emerging conversation,” with Ryan K. Bolger Sh’ma 37 (638), pp. 11-12.
2007 “Emerging patterns of interreligious conversation: a Christian-Jewish experiment, ” with Ryan K. Bolger Annals of the American academy of political and social science 612 (1), pp. 225-239
2006 “Bye bye diaspora, hello ‘new Jews’” [review of David Shneer and Caryn Aviv and David Shneer, New Jews: the end of the Jewish diaspora (New York University Press, 2005] The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (13 January 2006).
2006 “The emerging spiritual paradigm” Sh’ma 36:632 (June 2006), pp. 3-4.
2006 “Objevující se duchovní paradigmata [Emerging spiritual paradigms],” with Ryan K. Bolger, [in Czech] Dingir: časopis o současné náboženské scéně 9:2 (July 2006).
2005 “Renewing American Judaism at the root” [profile of Rabbi Sharon Brous]” Columbia College today (May 2005)
2004 “Die Passion Christi: Stellungnahme eines jüdischen Religionswisssenschaters aus den USA [The Passion of Christ: A statement from a religious studies scholar from the USA]” [in German] Dossier: Nachrichten unde Stellungnahmen der Katholischen Sozialakademie Österreichs (March 2004), p. 23.
2004 “Diskuse o Gibsonově ‘Utrpení krista’: Gibsonův film odhalil trendy současného amerického židovství a křesťanství [Discussion of Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: Gibson’s film uncovered trends in contemporary American Judaism and Christianity],” with Michael Berenbaum [in Czech] Dingir: časopis o současné náboženské scéně 7:2 (June 2004), pp. 38-40.
2003 “Truth and consequences: Patočka, Havel, and Temptation” Communio viatorum: a theological journal XLV: 2 (2003), pp. 134-152.
1999 “Survival and the other: a Bakhtinian reading of Night” [in English] Acta universitatis Matthiae Belii–Zborník fakulty humanitných vied, sekcia spoločenskovedná, Vol. III, pp. 103-113.
1999 “‘Something else and maybe something more’: Jewish identity in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia” Scottish journal of religious studies 20: 2, pp. 159-173.
1997 “Ritual and civil society” JASO: Journal of the anthropological society of Oxford 28: 2 (Trinity), pp. 161-175.
1997 “Public art as sacred space: Asian American community murals in Los Angeles” Religion & the arts 1: 3 (Summer), pp. 6-26.
1996 “Symbolic subject, subjected symbol: mizuko kuyo, gender and the social order in Japan” Journal of contemporary religion 11: 1 (January), pp. 57-65.
1996 “When the medium isn’t the message: the True Love Waits campaign” Religion & education 23: 1 (Spring), pp. 25-33.
1994 “Are Palestinian nationalism and Israeli security compatible?” with Dorit Gary Bulletin: the newsletter of the Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies, Fall, p. 8.

Encyclopedia Entries

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2012 “Emergent religion,” with Ryan Bolger Wade Clark Roof and Mark Juergensmeyer, eds., Encylopedia of Global Religion (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE).
2011 “The Passion of the Christ controversy,” with Michael Berenbaum Eric Michael Mazur, ed., Encyclopedia of Religion & Film (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO)
1999 “Chastity,” “Generation X,” “Kippah,” “Peak Experience,” “True Love Waits” Wade Clark Roof, Contemporary American religion (New York: Macmillan).
1998 “Generation X,” “True Love Waits” Randall Balmer, Evangelicalism in North America (New York: Rosen).

Op-Eds

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2016 “‘Miracle cures’ usually aren’t” Santa Monica Daly Press (September 30)
2016 “Now that Santa Monica has the Expo Line, let’s do transit right,” with Judy Abdo, Richard Brand, Elena Christopoulos, Leslie Lambert, Carl Hansen, Abby Arnold, Cynthia Rose, and Jason Islas  Santa Monica Daily Press (May 24)
2014 “Two Limmud Journeys” ROI Community
2009 “Let’s bring innovation into the fold,” with Joshua Avedon Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (July 8)
2009 “A break in the pipeline,” with Joshua Avedon Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles (August 26)
2008 “Don't cut support to innovative nonprofits,” with Martin Kaminer and Toby E. Rubin Jewish Telegraphic Agency (November 13; reprinted in Jewish newspapers around the United States)
2008 “Philanthropy's new ice age: will social innovation survive the freeze?” with Joshua Avedon and Lee Meyerhoff Hendler The Huffington Post (December 11)
2007 “Breaking the code of ritual observance” Forward CXI (31,683), p. A9
2004 “Passion response dos and don’ts” The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (13 February 2004)
2004 “Big brother lurks in higher education bill” The Jewish journal of greater Los Angeles (26 March 2004)
2004 “Medzináboženské desatoro [Interreligious ‘ten commandments’]” [in Slovak] Delet: dvere do židovského sveta (14 May 2004), p. 7.
1993 “Ivy League students need financial assistance, too” Christian Science Monitor, March 22, p.18.
1993 “Finding the right path” The New York religious observer, October 29, p. 11.

Multimedia

YEAR TITLE SOURCE
2009 D’varim [original cartoon video commentary on Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22] G-dcast.com (July 20)